February 9, 2013

Historic blizzard batters Maine

From staff reports

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A pedestrian crosses Fore Street, Friday night, Feb. 8, 2013, as the snow continues to fall in Portland.

Derek Davis / Staff Photographer

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Roger Olson holds out a hand to his daughter Gianna while the two explore the snow-covered rocks at Mother's Beach in Kennebunk on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Gregory Rec / Staff Photographer

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• Central Maine Power Co. urges homeowners not to try to clear any downed trees or limbs near power lines. CMP will have crews out all weekend to deal with outages.

• Many communities have banned on-street parking for Saturday.

• Portland residents are allowed to fill two 5-gallon buckets of sand and salt, which is stored at the Deering Oaks parking lot along State Street, behind the Castle in the Park.

• Residents are encouraged to keep fire hydrants in their neighborhoods clear of snow and ice and clear off drain covers, if possible, to help prevent flooding.

• Homeowners who have boilers or furnaces with side vents should make sure they stay clear of snow. Those who use wood-burning stoves should make sure the flue is open to allow potentially harmful fumes to escape.

• Never operate a generator indoors, because of potentially fatal carbon monoxide emissions.

• In areas of a home where pipes are prone to freezing, turn faucets on slightly. If pipes do freeze, remove any insulation and wrap towels around them to absorb moisture. Never use a blowtorch to thaw frozen pipes.

• All flight cancellations and postponements at the Portland International Jetport will be posted on its website, www.portlandjetport.org. The Amtrak Downeaster will post updates about Saturday runs on its website, www.amtrakdowneaster.com/alerts.

-- From staff reports

The Portland International Jetport was mostly empty by about 10 a.m. Friday. Dozens of flights had been canceled. The last flight to leave the airport departed shortly before 1 p.m. and nearly every flight in or out of the Jetport until late afternoon Saturday had already been cancelled Friday.

Travelers were advised to check the airport's website, www.portlandjetport.org, or their airlines before driving to the airport for flights Saturday and Sunday. Dozens of Saturday morning flights had been canceled by midday Friday.

The Amtrak Downeaster halted its train service Friday between Brunswick and Portland, and between Portland and Boston.

Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, said the first two trains out of Maine on Friday, a 5:45 a.m. departure from Portland and a 7:05 a.m. departure from Brunswick, left on schedule. All other runs were canceled.

A return train left Boston for Portland at 1 p.m. before service was shut down for the day.

The first two southbound runs Saturday, scheduled to leave at 5:35 a.m. from Portland and 7:05 a.m. from Brunswick, were canceled, as were the first two northbound runs of the day, scheduled to leave Boston at 9:05 and 11:35 a.m.

A decision on the rest of Saturday's schedule was expected to be made Saturday morning.

Quinn said passengers should check Amtrak's website regularly. "We have crews standing by. We're not going to compromise safety," she said.

Most bus routes in Greater Portland were altered Friday and canceled for Saturday, as was bus service from Portland to Boston and beyond.

LePage announced shortly before 2 p.m. that all state offices would close by 3 p.m. Friday.

Most schools and colleges across Maine canceled classes Friday, and most events planned for Friday and Saturday were canceled or postponed.

The South Portland Public Library announced that it was canceling its "Winter Celebration" scheduled for Saturday because of "too much winter, all of a sudden."

The event has been rescheduled for Feb. 16.

All Disney On Ice performances scheduled Friday at the Cumberland County Civic Center were canceled, as were two Saturday shows. A performance was added at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Ticket holders for the three canceled performances can exchange their tickets at the Civic Center box office.

-- Staff Writers Edward D. Murphy, Noel K. Gallagher, Eric Russell and David Hench contributed to this report.

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Megu Hirayama and Toji Perlman of Portland ski through a park along North Street, Friday, Feb. 8,2013, as the snow continues to fall.

Derek Davis / Staff Photographer

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Ginny plays in the back yard of a house off Washington Ave in Portland Friday, February 8, 2013.

Photo by Caitlin Malloy

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Southbound I-295 between Yarmouth and Falmouth slowed to a crawl Friday morning after a 19-vehicle accident that sent some vehicles off the road and into a deep gully. Several people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries.

Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

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Icefisherman Ken Booth of Hollis is walking to his truck in near white-out conditions, but will return to his shack on Sebago Lake for an all-night fishing expedition during a massive blizzard on Friday, Feb.8, 2013.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

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A man battles fierce winds as he climbs a hill after leaving his car in a parking lot to avoid being towed during a parking ban, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Portland, Maine. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Maine's southern coast. The forecast calls for up to 2 feet of snow and winds gusting to 50 mph. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)


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